Betting update: Ex-Rangers boss Warburton in running to manage this club (not Forest)
By Alex Stevens
Mark Warburton is among the early bookies contenders to be appointed the new manager of Norwich.
Sky Bet priced the former Rangers boss at 18/1 on Saturday afternoon to succeed Alex Neil at Carrow Road.
The bookmakers have installed experienced Premier League manager Alan Pardew as the odds-on favourite to take over Norwich.
Pardew, who was sacked by Crystal Palace in December, is 2/5, ahead of ex-Birmingham boss Gary Rowett (5/1), Neil’s No2 and current stop-gap Alan Irvine (7/1), ex-England manager Roy Hodgson (8/1) and Warburton (18/1).
The market on the next Norwich manager was opened on Friday evening following the announcement that Neil had been given his marching orders after a string of wretched results had ended the Canaries’ hopes of an instant return to the Premier League.
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Norwich are in eighth in the Championship but nine points adrift of the play-off spots as their chances of being in the top flight next season have all but evaporated.
Nevertheless, they have the benefit of a strong squad, sound finances and parachute payments which makes them an attractive proposition for any prospective manager.
The east Anglia outfit are set to announce a restructure of the club next week, with a director of football heading up the club’s recruitment and set to work in alliance with the new manager.
Warburton, who led Rangers to promotion by winning last season’s Scottish Championship, parted company with the club a month ago at the same time as assistant David Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland.
McParland has since become director of football at Nottingham Forest, and it has been speculated that Warburton could follow the same path.